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The past through tomorrow ; Future history stories

Author: Robert A Heinlein
Publisher: U.S.A. : Science Fiction Book Club, ©1987, [2000?]
Series: Future history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This connected series of stories does not pretend to be prophetic. It is a history, not of the future, but of a future -- an alternate-probability world which is logically self-consistent, dramatic, and recognizably an offshoot of our own past. The stories really do not form a linear series at all -- they are more like a pyramid, in which ealier stories provide a solid base for later ones to rest on. Partly because  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Heinlein
ISBN: 0739410512 9780739410516
OCLC Number: 44781963
Notes: Introduction by Damon Knight.
Description: 785 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Life-line; The Roads Must Roll; Blowups Happen; The Man Who Sold the Moon; Delilah and the Spacerigger; Space Jockey; Requiem; The Long Watch; Gentlemen, Be Seated; The Black Pits of Luna; "It's Great to Be Back!"; "We Also Walk Dogs"; Searchlight; Ordeal in Space; The Green Hills of Earth; Logic of Empire; The Menace from Earth; "If This Goes On ... "; Conventry; Misfit; and Methuselah's Children.
Series Title: Future history series.
Responsibility: Robert A. Heinlein.

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This connected series of stories does not pretend to be prophetic. It is a history, not of the future, but of a future -- an alternate-probability world which is logically self-consistent, dramatic, and recognizably an offshoot of our own past. The stories really do not form a linear series at all -- they are more like a pyramid, in which ealier stories provide a solid base for later ones to rest on. Partly because of this pyramiding of background and partly because of the author's broad knowledge, Heinlein's readers find themselves in a world which is clearly our own, only projected a few years or decades into the future. As for the still-unfolding future, there are guideposts and warnings here. Heinlein continually reminds us that history is a process, not something dead and embalmed in textbooks. - Introduction.

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